It’s rare for us to venture as far east as La Perouse, a picturesque peninsula on Botany Bay which is home to quite a bustling strip of cafes and restaurants. Unfortunately on the day we picked to head over, it’s bucketing down with rain which almost ruins the views of the water from Driftwood on the Bay, where we have chosen to grab a late lunch. It’s a cosy cafe, with random knick knacks plastered up on the walls and giant Nutella jars hanging from the ceiling, adding to the chilled out vibe of the place.
The wet weather has made me crave comfort food, so I make a beeline for the handmade Gnocchi with Amatriciana sauce and it doesn’t disappoint – chewy little pillows of potato goodness, coated in a tasty, tomato-based sauce with hits of chilli, onion, chunks of bacon and olives. It doesn’t look like there’s a lot of gnocchi on the plate, but they are deceptively filling!
Gnocchi with Amatriciana Sauce, $16
The boy on the other hand can never resist a good Eggs Benedict and even though it’s well into the afternoon, he opts for the Smoked Salmon version of this classic breakfast dish. It’s done just right here at Driftwood, a mound of perfectly poached eggs, slivers of quality smoked salmon and fresh spinach all drizzled with a delicious hollandaise sauce, balanced on top of half a bread bun.
Poached Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon, $16
We had been eyeing off the Iced Nutella drink on the menu, since the place clearly goes through a lot of Nutella if they have empty giant jars as hanging ornaments and decide to grab one to go. It’s a wise decision – generous lashings of Nutella coat the sides of the cup and give a wonderful nutty edge to the iced chocolate.
Iced Nutella, $6.50
If you ever find yourself near Botany Bay, drop into Driftwood on the Bay for an easy modern Italian meal and a scenic backdrop to enjoy while you dine.